Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting clients for daytime appointments paying out of pocket or who have PPO plans other than Blue Cross Blue Shield & Cigna (slots for BCBS & Cigna clients are full)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Dylan West is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Flatiron, Manhattan. He specializes in stress management, relationship issues, bipolar presentations, and depression. Dylan has deep expertise in supporting patients with anxiety and panic attacks, and is dedicated to helping clients successfully confront these challenges and proactively prevent their occurrence.
With extensive training in Gestalt therapy, Dylan uses experiential approaches to help clients increase their self-awareness and groundedness in the present moment. His approach is highly tailored to each client's individual needs, drawing from therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, with a strong background in mindfulness.
Dylan emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship and has a deep appreciation for his clients' resilience in the face of stressful situations, including transitions in work and relationships. His practice is dedicated to providing a caring, non-judgmental environment to allow clients to feel comfortable in opening up.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Stress – Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging interpersonal relationships
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Dylan is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Dylan can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Finding the right therapist can be a tough and even daunting experience. It's difficult to tell if a therapist is right for you based on a blurb, photo or even a video. I don't claim to know that we'll be a perfect fit but if I believe I can help you, I'll tell you. If not, I'll refer you to someone who I think can. I regard myself as a warm and compassionate therapist who is supportive as well as direct and challenging when required. I am passionate about my work and find it fulfilling and energizing.
The majority of my post-graduate psychotherapy training is in the field of Gestalt therapy and so I emphasize present moment awareness. My experience tells me that deepening awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors is the first step toward gaining relief, healing and experiencing positive change.
Although I believe in general guiding principles, I don't believe 'one size fits all' so, together, we'll collaborate to develop a course of therapy based on your specific needs. I look forward to hearing from you."
Treatment approachesGestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice: 2015 - Present
Fifth Avenue Counseling Center, 2013 - Present
Blanton Peale Counseling Center: 2011 - 2013
Hunter College, MSW, 2012